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sergeant first class leroy arthur petry for his actions in afghanistan. he is the second living recipient of this award since the vietnam war. seven others have been awarded the medal of honor posthumously for their heroic actions in iraq and afghanistan. he is an elite army ranger. he lost his right arm below the elbow in may of 2008 when a grenade exploded when he threw it away saving the lives of two fellow soldiers. sergeant petry is 31 years old from santa fe, new mexico, and he and his wife ashley have four children. he will be the 85th recipient of the medal of honor. nbc news military analysis and retired general henry jacobs, and always a pleasure to have you with us on these ceremonies and the last time we watched this ceremony was salvatore giun giunta, and you know the emotions that come with it. you know what this sergeant did to save lives. it was a summer and surrounded and he put his life on the line and that is what the soldiers do everyday. >> his unit was doing the most dangerous of dangers which is to conduct a daylight raid. he was shot initially in both leg
of defeat. we are in kabul, afghanistan, good morning to you, atia. is secretary pa at the time in panetta sounding very upbeat here? >> reporter: it sound that way. he did speak to reporters saying al qaeda was -- the strategic defeat of al qaeda was within reach. he talked about finding the treasure-trove of information in the compound. that bin laden was hiding out there. including 10 to 20 names of key leaders of al qaeda, whether they be in yemen, somalia, pakistan or north and central africa. but on this trip in afghanistan panetta is expected to meet with his counterpart, the defense ministry in afghanistan, and he is also expected to have a press conference with the afghan president, hamid karzai. aside from that, the most important part of the visit is talking to the u.s. commanders on the ground here in afghanistan, talking to the u.s. servicemen and women as well who are fighting the fight within the country. right now the strategic time within the war and afghanistan, the president announced the withdrawal plan by the end of this year. 10,000 americans are supposed to leave the
still in iraq and afghanistan, he has a rough road ahead. he told military families they are on the top of his agenda. >>> steven colbert started a superpac. it's part of a spoof on campaign finance laws but the hearing is real. he can use his show to produce ads. >> i'm reminded as we stand here of the pilgrims who on this very spot, but in massachusetts, filed their papers to form clement pack, to be free of the tyranny of king george who refused to allow a single corporate on u.s. presidential elections. >> i don't remember that from my history book. today in washington, republicans are taking things personally. hitting back at the president who laid into them for planning to go home next week on break instead of working on a budget deal. >> so maybe if he would take a valume and come down and talk, it might be helpful. >> it's the kind of language you expect from a leader of a third world country, not the president of the united states. >> frankly, he should be embarrassed. unfortunately, the threshold of embarrassment here in washington is different than the rest of the world. >> i
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, plus libya to deal with. he's meeting with ryan crocker the new ambassador to afghanistan. you've got to talk about public service and american heroes. this is a man who finally refire tired from government after taking every tough job, iraq, beirut, every war zone as ambassador. now he's signed on to come back and go to afghanistan. you've got a lot going on behind the scenes as well. >> reporter: that's right. but politically, the thing that is front and center is the debt. these debt talks because it's so tied to the economy. and while he does want to support a vote on libya which is another thing on the docket this week, the irony the president guilted harry reid to calling the senate back in and the first order of business is libya, not the debt talks. because it was the president that guilted congress into coming back this week, at least the house was scheduled to come back tomorrow, you've got to assume he is going to try to do everything he can to jump start a negotiating session. don't forget that's what we're at a deadlock. we're not at a deadlock over plans. we're at a dead
? you know your stuff. >> listen, i can tell you what is going on in afghanistan, and iraq and pine valley. >> this makes a well-rounded human being. >> and speaking of well-rounded human being. keenan cahill, you remember the internet sensation who lip synced with the likes of 50 cent and katy perry? well, he has a new video out and this time with the "glee" stars. take a look at this guy. ♪ it is a blacked out blur ♪ but i'm pretty sure ♪ it rules ♪ last friday night ♪ you will be dancing to the ♪ drums >> you are looking at some new cast regulars there on who joined cahill during a "glee" arena, and if you are wondering how this whole thing came together, he was as i did some research the 27th most subscribed youtube channel on youtube, and so he has a following and he is pitching a tv show. >> but he looks like an entertaining character, but he has a huge following on youtube. and 29 best rated channels. >> yes. and one thing i love about him is he has no shame. half of the time, he doesn't know all of the with words to the song he is lip syncing to, but he is fun to
to save $2 trillion over the next ten years there's a simple way to do it, end the wars in afghanistan and iraq and now libya. we spent $157 billion on that last year. >> if that's your scale where do you put the president? >> the president can speak for himself. i'm not the president's press secretary, but i will tell you this, i would not vote to cut social security. i would not vote to cut medicare and i think the democrats at least should pledge to do the same. i'd like to see the democrats stand up and say -- >> if you were in congress and the president's ear and the caucus and you're talking to the leadership, to nancy pelosi, what would you tell them? >> i would tell them to concentrate on what matters in the lives of americans. we have 22 million americans who can't find full time work. we have 50 million americans who can't see a doctor when they're sick. we have about 30 million american families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home. they owe more than they own. let's concentrate on those problems and not obsess over what the budget deficit might or mig
found out that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the "news of the world" but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. it's despicable. what else can you say? what on earth did they think they were going to find? >> reporter: in words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them. politicians to represent them. and press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. >> we're now hearing that ru period of time murdock will fly into the u.k. tomorrow as this scandal threatens to spread. to spread to the united states where one of his most senior executives now runs dow jones in new york, but used to run the operation here, and possibly to spread to other newspapers. it is no exaggeration to say that this scandal threatens british tabloid journalism as we know it. >> okay. kier simmons, lots on the line here. thank you very much, from london. >>> independence day for the youngest nation in the world. tens of thousands of people turned out to celebrate south sud
have to go to war in afghanistan and iraq. and that means we're going to have to spend billions of dollars that we hadn't accounted for. if we had a balanced budget amendment, we wouldn't have been able to do that without raising taxes significantly. there's no way we could have cut spending quickly enough to be able to finance going to war. so there are some contingencies that make a balanced budget something that we should think twice about. you know, there's another great saying, be careful what you wish for. and we don't want to get ourselves in that hole. but if we had a federal capital budget, which would allow us to do our long-term investing offline, not on the operating budget, it might be something to be considered. but not now and not for politics. and it doesn't have anything to do with the short-term problem of getting ourselves out of the deficit. if we had a balanced budget amendment that passed in the next two years, we'd have to make massive cuts and huge tax increases to balance the budget in year three. there's no other way we could do it. >> governor, a quick
phillipson just found out his son james who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world and also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. it is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they were going to find? >> reporter: in word of the prime minister, people trust the police to wrote tect them, politicians to represent them and the press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. alex, just to explain why some people are so upset by this is alleged, for example, a missing 13-year-old girl had her mobile phone hacked into, voice mails left by her parents listened to by a private detective and even some voice mails deleted to make space so more voice mails could be left. that's why this scandal is threatening to change the nature of the tabloid press in this country. >> well, that action is obscene. it looks like they will pay for that one. thank you, keir simmons. >>> from a runaway boat to a runaway horse, here are stories you missed from the week. a scene from "the mummy." o
" is a bestseller. it features an updated bond who's seen action in afghanistan, chasing criminal masterminds from dubai to capetown in a frantic five-day race to, you guessed it, save off disaster. i read the book on vacation last week. i'm here to tell bond fans it's a great beach read and worthy new edition to the genre. joining me, the latest keeper of the bond legacy. the author of "carte blanche" jeffrey deaver. >> how are you doing today? >> great. i have to start with one of the things bond lovers love, bond always has drinks and cars and various things. you created a new drink i want to hold up for your james bond. i have to tell you, at the hotel i'm staying at last night, i actually took the book on kindle, brought it to the bartender and had them make this. we have the recipe, i think, we can put up also. it's crown royal. a double, double -- two shots. >> it's james bond. it has to be a double, of course. >> has to be a double. over ice with a half measure of triple sec for sweetness and a slice of orange peel. and a couple dashes of bitters. you made this drink up. here's to you. >>
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